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Seven more children have died of the flu this week, bringing the death toll to 20 children and more than 85 adults this season, new CDC data show.
While this year's epidemic is still shy of the devastating death toll seen in 2014/2015, officials warn the rate of cases is severe, and this season looks set to be the second-worst on record.
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The deadly H3N2 virus is now widespread in more than 46 states, and the rate of cases is quadruple that of previous years, and hospitalizations have doubled in the last week as the outbreak reaches its 'peak'.
Uniquely, this year baby boomers appear to be as vulnerable to the virus as the usual victims - infants and the elderly.
Statistics - Friday - Morning - CDC - Officials
Unveiling the sobering statistics on Friday morning, CDC officials insisted it is not too late to get the flu shot, despite evidence that this year's vaccine is only 30 percent effective against H3N2.
In fact, Dr Daniel Jernigan, director of the Influenza Division at the CDC, says the vaccine could be even more valuable now, since it is more effective against strains which are only just emerging now - including the H1N1 strain and various B viruses.
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'Flu seasons every year are bad but this season is on the severe side,' Dr Jernigan said on Friday.
'There's still a...
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